In 1992, Mac Powell and Mark Lee were playing at Lee's church the same night that David Carr & Tai Anderson were playing with their band called Bullard Family Singers. Once introduced, the group took to each other quickly and Carr & Anderson were invited to join the band. In 1993, while remaining in school, the band started playing a lot more around Atlanta and saved $3,000 to record a full-length album. During this time, Wilkins, who was working full-time as a school teacher, decided to leave the band. Third Day continued to work on their album, recording at Furies Studios in Atlanta.
Gray Dot Records. With recording contract in-hand, the band released the album Third Day, which ended up selling 20,000 copies. Shortly after, Reunion Records bought out their Grey Dot contract and signed the band to a multi-album deal.